DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week, Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO of Western
Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency payments, was
awarded one of Austria’s highest national honours.
In a private ceremony, Mr. Ersek was honored along with his wife, Dr.
Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek for their meritorious services to the Republic of
Austria. Austrian Consul General, Andreas Launer was in attendance to
present Hikmet and Nayantara the Decoration of Honour in Silver for
Services to the Republic of Austria and Decoration of Merit in Gold of
the Republic of Austria, respectively.
“As a proud Austrian, migrant and the leader of a global company, I know
firsthand that global connections help us achieve more together,” said
Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO of Western Union. “It is my honor to
represent Austria abroad and share my personal connection to help bridge
communities around the world.”
A citizen of Austria and Turkey, Mr. Ersek draws on his international
background to speak out publicly for the rights of migrants and refugees
“On behalf of the Republic of Austria, it is my privilege to present
this prestigious award to Hikmet and Nayantara for their tremendous
contributions, loyalty and representation in Denver and around the
world,” said Andreas Launer, Austrian Consul General.
Last year, Mr. Ersek received the WU
Manager of the Year 2018 from his Alma Mata, Wirtschaftsuniversität
Wien. In 2016, he was also awarded “Austrian
of the Year” by Die Presse and currently serves as the Austrian
Honorary Consul for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company is a global leader in cross-border,
cross-currency money movement. Our omnichannel platform connects the
digital and physical worlds and makes it possible for consumers and
businesses to send and receive money and make payments with speed, ease,
and reliability. As of September 30, 2018, our network included over
550,000 retail agent locations offering Western Union, Vigo or Orlandi
Valuta branded services in more than 200 countries and territories, with
the capability to send money to billions of accounts. Additionally,
westernunion.com, our fastest growing channel in 2017, is available in
more than 50 countries and territories to move money around the world.
In 2017, we moved over $300 billion in principal in nearly 130
currencies and processed 32 transactions every second across all our
services. With our global reach, Western Union moves money for better,
connecting family, friends and businesses to enable financial inclusion
and support economic growth. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
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